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Residents concerned about Central American kids at JBLM

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Confusion, questions and concerns — along with offers of support — have spread in the communities around Joint Base Lewis-McChord since word got out that the military installation could be used to house hundreds of children from Central America who have crossed the Mexican border unaccompanied into the United States.

Though it remained unclear Tuesday whether the base would actually be used for that purpose, a conference call was scheduled for this morning between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which made the announcement about the base in June, and representatives of the local communities.

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